Tokyo boshoku
Tokyo boshoku (1957)

As Yasujiro Ozu's final black-and-white picture, the 1957 Tokyo Twilight explores the emotional landscapes and nuances within a strained Japanese family. Two daughters - Akiko (Ineko Arima) and Takako (Setsuko Hara) - grew up under the… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: January 1, 1957
DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

This turbulent and grim family melodrama, from 1957, is steered away from the maudlin and given emotional depth and philosophical heft under the direction of Yasujiro Ozu.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Strangely, even though this is Ozu's darkest, most pessimistic film, it still has the same easy quality; we never feel bludgeoned or wrung out.

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Don Willmott

Watch it and be reminded that open lines of communication between generations are vital if an extended family is to remain intact.

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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader

This rarely screened, melancholy 1957 film, Ozu's last in black and white, is one of his best.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Appropriately the last black and white Ozu film, Tokyo Twilight maintains his signature style despite its tragic melancholy...Beautifully photographed and framed, the story flows naturally and gently and retains hope.

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As powerfully understated as anything by the Japanase master, and unquestionably his darkest film.

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Anton Bitel

Ozu's chilliest film... certainly packs a devastating (albeit characteristically understated) emotional punch - but on the way it is occasionally marred by meandering scenes that belie the usual economy of Ozu's minimalism.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It plays like a Greek tragedy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
My second viewing of Tokyo Twilight was on the big screen. I loved it before, now I adore it. The second time allows you to appreciate the film even more, as… More
Antonius Block
This film is methodical in developing its tale of troubles for a Japanese family, which had a wife run away from her husband and two daughters when they were… More
danny d
truly a beautiful film. the film is so simple that the same material in the hands of most any other director might have seemed pointless, dull, and without… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Tokyo Twilight," Shukichi Sugiyama(Chishu Ryu) is a bank auditor who lives with his younger daughter, Akiko(Ineko Arima).… More